A half-eaten sandwich got the loudest screams at Korean actor-singer Kim Kibum’s fan meeting last Friday (Sep 13).
Clustered in a group, several fans were shrieking over the remaining quarter of a sandwich their friend, Miss Hilda Lim, 22, had, reported The New Paper.
She was one of eight girls invited on stage to get a ham and cheese sandwich made for them by their idol.
"We’re going to frame it up!" screamed 18-year-old educator Fateha Fakar.
Kim, 26, the star of Korean drama I Love Italy and a non-active member of popular K-pop boy band Super Junior, was in town last week for his Memory Of Love fan meeting at The Star Performing Arts Centre.
The two-hour show saw him sing, performing magic tricks, playing a Korean game with fans and trying his hand at making sandwiches.
"I’m nervous because I’ve never cooked for anyone except my mother," he said on stage.
Though the girls had been asked to eat their sandwiches on stage, Miss Lim, who works in licensing at the Ministry of Health, took two bites of her half of the sandwich and saved the rest for her friends, who had a hard time deciding how to divide the portion among themselves.
So how did it taste?
National University of Singapore student Nie Yile, 22, said it was “very good”.
“(Kibum) made it, obviously it’s good,” she said with a giggle.
She wasn’t the only one who left the venue in seventh heaven.
Miss Nur Ain Jamali, 20, who works for an IT company, was literally “struck” by Kim while playing the Korean game, “cham cham cham”, on stage.
The five girls selected to play had to make sure they turned their head in the opposite direction to where Kim had turned his hand.
The penalty for not doing so? Being hit on the head with a toy hammer.
But those who were hit, like Miss Nur Ain, didn’t think it was so bad.
"It was dreamlike," she said.
She, like many of the 700-plus fans in the crowd, were Super Junior fans who have followed the group since their debut.
Kim, who featured on earlier hits like Sorry, Sorry, has been on hiatus from Super Junior since 2009 to focus on his acting career.
Though he did not address the subject in interviews with the press here, it was quite clear why he chose to focus on acting instead of singing -- he opened and closed his fan meeting with songs, and was often off-key.
“The only thing I can do is act,” he shyly told his supporters.
In an interview with The New Paper at Pan Pacific Singapore last Thursday, he elaborated: “I definitely want to act more.
“When I first tried acting, the director told me I could do anything, so I felt very happy and different doing it.
“When I’m home, I feel very bored, and I can’t wait to get back to acting.”
He said his dream would be to someday trade his usual cutesy good guy roles for a chance to be a bad boy, citing late Australian actor Heath Ledger’s Joker in superhero blockbuster The Dark Knight as one of his inspirations.
“I’ve always wanted to be a villain,” he said.
“But how far I would go in the role would depend on the script.”
But no violence and drama for him in real life, please.
Asked what impressed him about Singapore, which he has never visited before, he said: “It’s very quiet and peaceful.”
He related that he’d heard good things about the country before his trip here from Chinese actress Zhang Meng, his co-star in Chinese drama The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils.
She told him she wanted to become a Singapore citizen because it is “very clean” and people here respect women.
Kim is apparently ready to move here permanently too.
Making fans melt at his show, he said: “If there is a girl for me in Singapore, I want to stay here.”